When you remodel your house or condo building, you might find yourself with a decision: should I update the kitchen or replace the foundation, or both? Most of us don’t see the concrete foundation every day, so when you do take a look you might wonder: is that normal? Let’s peek “under the house” to learn more!
The “Big One” hits California. You treated your injuries, and you made it home to your family and friends. Now what? When will life go back to normal? How long before help comes? How long will the recovery take?
Finding a house to buy is whirlwind of emotions. It’s important understand how future earthquakes might affect you, and which of the natural hazard disclosures to read closely. This is part one of a three-part series looking at the importance of location, location, location when buying a house in earthquake country.
UPDATE July 6: It’s been a long, scary night with hundreds of aftershocks. We stand in solidarity with our fellow Californians whose lives are affected by this earthquake. We are so relieved to hear initial reports of no deaths and no building collapses.
All of us at Jumpstart send wishes of continued safety for residents and responders.
During an earthquake, soft story buildings pose an extra risk. Some soft story buildings collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes. Cities around California are now catching up by adopting soft story ordinances and requiring retrofits. Do you live in a soft-story building?